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Functional and useful
on June 2, 2011
Kudos to Logitech for improving its packaging. The battery and remote are sold in a hard plastic package, but the back side has a clearly marked easy-open thumb tab that made reaching the products easy; and the plastic insert tray that held the products in place was imprinted with a recycling triangle.
I can only assume that the battery will perform as expected, so I will focus on its installation. First, note that when the battery door screw is loosened, it will likely fall onto the floor and bounce its way underneath an immovable object, so take care that you perform this operation in a secure location. Second, the door itself is not attached to the Squeezebox, so it has the same potential for an escape. Third, plug in the battery BEFORE trying to insert the battery into the slot. Fourth, as there is no marking to indicate which way the battery plug should be inserted, focus your attention on the two nearly invisible ridges on what turns out to be the "bottom" of the plug, and guide these into their appropriate slots. Fifth, when the plug is secured, begin sliding the battery into the Squeezebox, keeping in mind that the fit is so tight, you will have great difficulty ever removing it. Sixth, bury the extra wiring securely before attempting to replace the battery door and then tighten the replacement screw that you unearthed in your mathom jar.
The remote is a little simpler to handle. It slides apart fairly easily, and after the button battery drops into your lap, just remove the orange sticker and replace the battery. The plus side goes down, and that's made pretty clear by the giant + sign inside the remote.
Since I wanted the battery more than the remote, I've tried to find reasons to use the latter, but I really haven't. My Squeezebox is too far away to read the screen, so pushing buttons on the remote isn't very practical. In my view, the remote would have been far more useful had Logitech included one or more buttons for the preset stations.